Grannies don’t blog

Grannies don’t blog

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Who am I kidding?

Yesterday I made a date to meet a fellow blogger and made the trudge through rain and traffic only to find she wasn’t there. I don’t blame her for she too made the trudge ( all the way from Delhi, I might add) but our timings didn’t match. So while both our intentions were good our outcomes were not .  I had realised this several years ago when I attended blogger meets only to see my head as the only grey haired one in the room.  I have participated in contests and won a trip to Malaysia . 

This just made me realise that I was chasing the wrong dream. [Tweet “Writing doesn’t mean blogging . And blogging doesn’t mean writing .”]

Infact there are several bloggers who are faced with this same conundrum.   Like Parul who recently asked herself where her blog was headed? 

Blogging is meant for the 18+ who have active minds, agile fingers and are completely wired . It is not meant for little old ladies who are familiar with fountain pens and parchment paper.

I’ve read many good blogs which are written by real writers. They move you with their choice of words and inspire you with thoughts . On the other hand there are those who journal their lives online . Some are good while some are rants.

But they have an audience .

My target audience is still not clued in with technology and if they are, can’t find their spectacles. The internet is meant for the young. It is not meant for us old ladies who are more familiar with the printed word.

We don’t know how to deal with plugins and social media. For us we barely know how to send forwards and say hello to friends.

Imagine for me LOL means lots of love while to the rest of you it means Laugh Out Loud . 

Now isn’t that apparent that I’m a dinosaur? 

Yesterday’s meet up that didn’t happen convinced me that this was a sign that I should quit chasing my tail. Like the dog, I’ve gone dizzy.

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So despite my genuine effort at working on increasing reach ( now have 156 followers on WordPress, a fair number of followers on Facebook and Twitter) I have just found it too much.  From a bumbling blogger, I learnt the meaning of terms like Key words and  SEO. I am part of active blogging communities like Skywatch and  Write Tribe  that really help and support me . I have participated in two #A to Z’s and The Ultimate Blog Challenge  .  I have downloaded and tried to practice free advise dispensed by gurus like Darren Rowse and Jon Morrow . But the bitter truth is that the 80: 20 equation is working the wrong way for me.

Grannies don’t blog

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There is no more fight .

I shall not participate in challenges and contests. I will stop chasing the millions that still elude me . And I won’t pretend to be an expert and give advice.

But like a good wine that I enjoy from time to time, like a walk in the light rain, like a wonderful read that you can’t stop, blogging is hard to give up.

I will still keep in touch with writing by writing blogs. But I will make sure I get paid for that. Visiting other blogs and interacting with other bloggers is something I will still do.

[Tweet “But I will accept the fact that I am not and will never be a real blogger .”]

So, I will clean up my blogs, wipe out the other two and keep just this one blog. I will continue blogging but only when I want to. Not because I have to. 

So thank you dear readers and fellow bloggers for your support and encouragement.

May you continue to inspire, entertain and engage. I will watch from the sidelines and cheer you on .

Aloha, Godspeed and Good luck.

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18 thoughts on “Grannies don’t blog

  1. Oh no! I’m going to miss you and let me share that you me your words have mattered and never your age. I have had lovely time reading your stories, pictures and stuff that you shared. I don’t have kids in tow so not sure if I will be granny one day, but I still want to keep writing like you. ❤️ Hugs and love. Write when you want to and know that we are here!
    Parul recently posted…#ThursdayTreeLove – 17My Profile

    1. Thanks Parul that was really encouraging. In fact it is knowing people like you that make me want to keep in touch with blogging . But I have to face the fact that it is a generational issue .
      My friends JUST don’t read blogs. And very few ladies my age do. So it is best I stick to conventional writing and only blog at MumbaiOnAHigh to keep in touch with lovely ladies like you 😘

      1. Really? How old ARE you? FYI, it was Baby Boomers, NOT Millennials, who invented Internet lingo like LOL, LMAO, ROFL, etc. Granted, GenXYZ took all the fun out of it with SEO, SERP, CPC, and such, and they’re welcome to chase that like a dog chasing its tail while we laugh and shop champagne on the front porch. While we hone the nibs in outer fountain pens, load the well with purple ink, and write for the love of words.

        But please – Do not give credit where it’s not due. OUR GENERATION made the Internet.

        1. I am 59 and your comment just proved how out of it I am . Yes it is your generation that made the internet mine was in between. The invention of the computer …. isn’t it?
          My girls are millennials or just about . I’m totally confused with all these terms and would love to have champagne on the porch with you – or shop about in fancy stores rather than on line .

    1. Thanks Amrita. I will be around. Just not as regular, committed and stressed as I was meeting challenges, schedules etc.
      Loved your support and encouragement during this journey.

  2. Sunita, I have always enjoyed what I read here. The fact that you are a Granny didn’t bother me, as I am sure it didn’t our fellow bloggers.
    I would say, just do what your heart desires! Do what gives you happiness, but do stay in touch. Not that we have been best of chummies since ages, but still, if we do have a blogger meet, do come. I would sure love to meet you! And, I will…Pakka! 😀
    Take care and love and hugs!
    Shilpa Gupte recently posted…The Wise Man Said – Book Review.My Profile

    1. What a sweet message Shilpa. I would love to meet you too😍 . I’m not giving up blogging altogether, just spending less time on it and concentrating on writing rather than blogging. And thanks always for your encouragement.

  3. I think 3 blogs would be a bit too much for anybody. You have a lovely natural way of writing that I enjoy reading and I hope you will not give up writing.

    1. Of course I won’t give up writing . It’s just that I’m giving up the stress of blogging – building an audience, expanding my reach etc etc . I will blog only when I fancy it…. thanks for your encouraging words

  4. Sunita, I totally understand! Just wish to let you know we WTers are always around, if you ever wish to reach out. Blogging is your very own space and you do it only when you are up for it! Sometimes we come back recharged after a break! Hope to see you back soon! I do hope you continue to write and keep sharing them with us! Best wishes xxx
    Esha recently posted…#FridayReflections – A Fish out of WaterMy Profile

  5. Sunita, I have followed your blog for a little over a year, from AToZ 2016 to be precise. Though not a regular visitor, I have dropped by quite a few times. All these times, I came away refreshed, enriched, inspired and awed at the topics you decided to blog on. Your vast cornucopia of knowledge and experience shines through all your posts. Your flair for words and love for the off-beat are a rare quality in today’s blogging scenario. I certainly hope even if you are on the sidelines, you will keep us enthralled with your lovely posts whenever you feel like it….which I hope will not be too far and spread out! I understand your being flummoxed and disheartened with the technicalities in blogging today, I am probably even more challenged….still on Blogger and unwilling to move because of the challenges I forsee. Finally, I can say only this…. Write what/when your heart tells you too but don’t bother too much about how many views or followers you garner. Love and hugs.
    Kala Ravi recently posted…Cut a long story shortMy Profile

    1. Dear Kala that was indeed a lovely heartfelt testimonial. Thanks so much for your words. I will be around do sure but writing with more focus on writing rather than blogging …… 😘

  6. Sunita – You know I don’t agree. At 52 (minus children and grandchildren) I still blog and make money off it, if only to cover my costs. And about the readers too, I know many of my readers at between 60 -85, so I’m surprised at what you’ve experienced. Perhaps, you need to hang out with hipper ‘old ladies’ (nudge, nudge).
    Just keep blogging, if you want to and don’t if it makes no sense to you.
    Life can be overwhelming at times – and we all need breaks – I take them from time to time and also avoid long challenges that drain me out.
    Your posts have brought smiles to many, and we’d love to see you keep writing. We’re not going anywhere, so give us a shout when you’re ready!

    1. Thanks Corinne. I was going through a low phase and will definitely get back on the blog . But I still need to find those older ladies and all the money that is waiting for me 😉 . You know it’s not the money really but a sense of recognition that is really more important. So see you around for sure

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